Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th May 2013 13:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Android and iOS, the number one and number two ranked smartphone operating systems worldwide, combined for 92.3% of all smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2013 as Windows Phone crept past BlackBerry for 3rd place. According to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 199.5 million units worldwide during 1Q13, up 59.1% from the 125.4 million units shipped during 1Q12." Windows Phone doubles from a few to twice few, iOS loser market share as its growth is slower than that of the overall market. BlackBerry continues slide into irrelevance.
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Hummmm
by Deviate_X on Thu 16th May 2013 14:17 UTC
Deviate_X
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2005-07-11

Most people you see on trains are using are using iPhones, easily the majority are iPhones. But they are only 17% apparently. What is it about the iPhone which makes the average people more prone to actually take out and use the apple smart phone so much much more than others!

I also see tons of blackberries being used! and they are now beneath windows

Edited 2013-05-16 14:18 UTC

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RE: Hummmm
by Jbso on Thu 16th May 2013 14:27 UTC in reply to "Hummmm"
Jbso Member since:
2013-01-05

Maybe iPhone is just more popular where you live? I see Samsungs most often, followed by dumphones, then iPhones.

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RE: Hummmm
by peejay on Thu 16th May 2013 14:44 UTC in reply to "Hummmm"
peejay Member since:
2005-06-29

What is it about the iPhone which makes the average people more prone to actually take out and use the apple smart phone so much much more than others!

Discourtesy? ;)

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RE: Hummmm
by leos on Thu 16th May 2013 14:48 UTC in reply to "Hummmm"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Most people you see on trains are using are using iPhones, easily the majority are iPhones. But they are only 17% apparently. What is it about the iPhone which makes the average people more prone to actually take out and use the apple smart phone so much much more than others!

I also see tons of blackberries being used! and they are now beneath windows


iPhone market share in US and Canada is significantly higher than the rest of the world. I also see mostly iPhones around here (Victoria, Canada).

However, if you look at web usage stats they disagree wildly with device sold stats (with Apple getting a much higher share of web usage than would be expected given their sales), so it does seem that iPhone buyers actually use them more than Android buyers (likely due to low end Android devices that are being sold essentially as feature phones ).

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RE[2]: Hummmm
by JAlexoid on Thu 16th May 2013 17:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Hummmm"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Well.... If Android's browsers were as good as Mobile Safari...

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RE[3]: Hummmm
by woegjiub on Thu 16th May 2013 23:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hummmm"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Firefox and Opera for android are superb, the problem is more likely to be the dumbphone replacement droids.

That, or iPhone users somehow still think it's a status symbol, and not a reduced-feature device.

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RE[4]: Hummmm
by brichpmr on Fri 17th May 2013 09:13 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hummmm"
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

Ah...you would be mistaken....the iPhone users I know enjoy the ease of doing what they want or need to do on their device. It seems that some of the envious non iPhone types project their fashion statement hopes and dreams on the iPhone.

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RE[5]: Hummmm
by JAlexoid on Fri 17th May 2013 10:32 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Hummmm"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

No... iPhone users just have to keep their device out for longer, because it takes more steps to actually perform tasks.

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RE[6]: Hummmm
by brichpmr on Fri 17th May 2013 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Hummmm"
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

No...those of us who are experienced iPhone users get a hell of a lot done both professionally and personally...no need to root our device or jump through hoops, and being up to date with the latest iteration of the device's OS is a piece of cake.

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RE[7]: Hummmm
by JAlexoid on Mon 20th May 2013 13:21 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Hummmm"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

I didn't root my Nexus and I am still on the latest generation of the OS.
You also think that doing a lot is the same as doing it faster.

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RE[2]: Hummmm
by No it isnt on Thu 16th May 2013 19:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Hummmm"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Might just as well be due to the market segment that goes for Apple products. I'm pretty sure they're mainly young people.

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RE: Hummmm
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 16th May 2013 20:22 UTC in reply to "Hummmm"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, you are on a train and you see blackberries being used. That kind of indicates that you are on a commuter train to a larger city. Larger cities have larger companies with more stringent requirements for business phones than smaller businesses. I think you may be seeing the effect of those policies, rather than a representative sample of smartphone use.

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RE[2]: Hummmm
by Sodki on Thu 16th May 2013 21:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Hummmm"
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

Well, you are on a train and you see blackberries being used. That kind of indicates that you are on a commuter train to a larger city. Larger cities have larger companies with more stringent requirements for business phones than smaller businesses. I think you may be seeing the effect of those policies, rather than a representative sample of smartphone use.


Jbso's comment was spot on. We see what we see because of where we are. For example, Blackberry is huuuuge in London, and I'm not talking about the business side, I'm talking about normal, everyday people, teenagers, etc..

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RE[3]: Hummmm
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 17th May 2013 11:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hummmm"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Really? I haven't seen Blackberries used by people outside of corporate suits since 2008. Heck in my work place people thought I was crazy to not have one.

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RE[4]: Hummmm
by Beta on Sun 19th May 2013 17:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hummmm"
Beta Member since:
2005-07-06

Really? I haven't seen Blackberries used by people outside of corporate suits since 2008. Heck in my work place people thought I was crazy to not have one.


Few weeks ago I travelled into London for a conference, spotted a few blackberries on the tube, even more Androids, and a buttload of iPhones. I think the visibility of devices doesn’t follow the existence of them, but I wouldn’t want to say more without offending /somebody/.

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RE: Hummmm
by BallmerKnowsBest on Fri 17th May 2013 20:13 UTC in reply to "Hummmm"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

Most people you see on trains are using are using iPhones, easily the majority are iPhones. But they are only 17% apparently. What is it about the iPhone which makes the average people more prone to actually take out and use the apple smart phone so much much more than others!


Two words: "Conspicuous Consumption".

Conspicuous consumption is the spending of money on and the acquiring of luxury goods and services to publicly display economic power — either the buyer’s income or the buyer’s accumulated wealth. [...] Moreover, invidious consumption, a more specialized sociologic term, denotes the deliberate conspicuous consumption of goods and services intended to provoke the envy of other people, as a means of displaying the buyer’s superior socio-economic status.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspicuous_consumption

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RE[2]: Hummmm
by brichpmr on Sat 18th May 2013 00:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Hummmm"
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

Ballmer doesn't know anything best, by the way.

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Comment by eantoranz
by eantoranz on Thu 16th May 2013 14:49 UTC
eantoranz
Member since:
2005-12-18

Linux saw continued decline in shipment volumes to start off the year, reaching levels not seen since 1Q10. The lower volumes were not completely unexpected, as most vendors have switched to Android and Samsung, Linux's biggest OEM supporter, readies the debut of its first Tizen-powered smartphones for later this year. This is shaping up to be a pivotal year for the open-source operating system, as multiple platforms, including Mozilla, SailFish, Tizen, and Ubuntu are expected to introduce or launch their first smartphones in the coming months.


They do know that Android is Linux, don't they?

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RE: Comment by eantoranz
by Hayoo! on Thu 16th May 2013 15:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by eantoranz"
Hayoo! Member since:
2013-04-13

Yeah, I initially thought the term 'Linux' in the article refers to X11-enabled mobile Linux OS, but then Ubuntu is put in the same group, which doesn't fit in.

The only logical explanation I could come up with is: the darn article was written by business analysts without consulting a technologist of some sort.

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RE[2]: Comment by eantoranz
by eantoranz on Thu 16th May 2013 16:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by eantoranz"
eantoranz Member since:
2005-12-18

Perhaps they meant (unknowingly) any linux-powered-os that's not android.

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RE[2]: Comment by eantoranz
by gan17 on Thu 16th May 2013 21:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by eantoranz"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Yeah, I initially thought the term 'Linux' in the article refers to X11-enabled mobile Linux OS, but then Ubuntu is put in the same group, which doesn't fit in.

It still kind of fits. Ubuntu is still using a different display server (I heard they're developing their own) than Android, so you could assume that the term 'Linux' in the article = Not powered by Android display server.

I, for one, actually welcome this 'separation' between Android and Linux. The Play Store quality control is a joke compared to even the most volatile GNU/Linux distro repository/source-tree, so I'd rather not see Android being grouped alongside Linux in any category outside the kernel.

Edited 2013-05-16 21:58 UTC

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RE: Comment by eantoranz
by kalcytriol on Thu 16th May 2013 17:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by eantoranz"
kalcytriol Member since:
2011-04-23

Microsoft and Apple spend a lot of money for such articles. For ex. they give more to fight Linux than cancer.

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RE[2]: Comment by eantoranz
by bentoo on Thu 16th May 2013 18:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by eantoranz"
bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

Microsoft and Apple spend a lot of money for such articles. For ex. they give more to fight Linux than cancer.


Are tech companies required to give money to fight cancer?

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iOS numbers
by bnolsen on Thu 16th May 2013 15:49 UTC
bnolsen
Member since:
2006-01-06

Wow, it seems like Apple is happy just being mediocre. Android sucks up most of the market growth almost doubling devices over Q1 last year.

If trends continue we may see Apple ending up having to battle to keep their 2nd place position. WWSJD? (What Would Steve Jobs Do?)

Edited 2013-05-16 15:50 UTC

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v iOS loser
by bram on Thu 16th May 2013 15:50 UTC
RE: iOS loser
by bentoo on Fri 17th May 2013 22:03 UTC in reply to "iOS loser"
bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

Why the down vote? People need to lighten up. This was one of the funniest things I've read on OSNews. (At least funny that was trying to be funny.) The "...from a few to twice few" is a comedy gem also.

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RE[2]: iOS loser
by bram on Sat 18th May 2013 03:43 UTC in reply to "RE: iOS loser"
bram Member since:
2009-04-03

Yeah, it surprised me too.
I think people only read the subject line and think 'troll'.
And they do not realize 'iOS loser' is a verbatim typo from Thom.
Oh well...

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Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Fri 17th May 2013 05:23 UTC
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

Time for less boring alternatives to gain more traction.

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